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Rich, Renter in Pittsburgh, PA

why is this listing on craigslist for 600.00 a month and you want 1000.00 a month......

Asked by Rich, Pittsburgh, PA Mon Jun 18, 2012

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Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
It's very simple - more than likely, the listing on craigslist is a SCAM - beware!

If it sounds too good to be true - it isn't true!

I bet if you pursue that listing, the so called "owner" will tell you they can't show you the home for some reason (they are out of state, disabled, etc - they can be very creative)........and they will ask you to wire money to them via Western Union.............that's a huge red flag that this is not a genuine listing.

Be wary of anything listed on craigslist, and make sure you're really talking to the owner and get to visit the property - never wire money to a stranger!
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It's a scam and it is very common on Craigslist. Frequently they go get all the information from the real sources online, including the photos and re-post as an add that sounds so good you will want to get it before it is gone, except it will be your money that will be gone. Never send or wire money without seeing the home and having a valid lease in place.
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and Alan is very astute!


(hope you had a wonderful Father's Day!)
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I'm not sure exactly what's going on here; you know the owner and it's listed somewhere else for $1,000?

If so, this is a question for him (given the address, I could look it up if it's on the MLS). I would definitely make sure the owner knows it's on Craigslist. As Craigslist itself warns you, there are a lot of scams operating these days using Craigslist -- Realtors are well aware of this growing problem!

Scammers look through or other sites for properties for sale, then place *fraudulent* rental listings for them on Craigslist. They collect a deposit, maybe even a month or two of rent, then disappear. And of course the "renters" have no valid contract or claim to the property, since the "landlord" didn't actually own it.

The "obvious" ones are working from outside the country (classically, from Nigeria :-), and say they're out of the country so please send the money by wire or Western Union. More sophisticated -- and harder to detect -- scams involve people who actually have keys. These might be relatives or "friends" of a homeowner they know to be out of the house for an extended period. (Some particularly brazen criminals even break in and change the locks.)

These might pose as owners or real estate agents, and are much more plausible because they're local and can actually show the house. There have been cases where the real agent or owner comes to show the house and finds people living there!

So beware! The safest thing to do is rent (or buy) properties listed by a well-known broker or property management company. Ask to see ID if you have any questions, or call the broker's office to make sure you're dealing with a real agent. And of course, don't hand anybody cash or write checks other than to a broker or title company at their publically available business address.
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Can't help you there, but I can ask this question: Why rent for $600-$1000, when you can own an affordable home instead?
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